- COACH — JASON MARTINEZ (7th year, 29-24)
- CONFERENCE — Evergreen
- PLAYOFF CLASS — NEPSAC C
- HOME — Hoffman Field, West Hartford
- 2017 RECORD — 4-3 (2-2)
- 2018 OPENER — Sept. 15 at Canterbury, noon
- TEAM WEBSITE
- KYREN PETTEWAY, Sr. WR/S (5-9, 160)
- ETHAN MINER, Sr. OL/DL (6-3, 283)
- BROOX BOLDEN, Sr. RB/DB (5-9, 145)
- STEVE HOWARD, Sr. OL/DL (6-2, 230)
- SAM CAPODICE, Jr. QB (5-10, 180)
- WINSTON WARE, Jr. RB/LB (6-0, 200)
- WES PIERCE, Jr. WR/LB (6-1, 185)
- JUSTIN EDWARDS, So. RB/DB (5-8, 165)
- JEFFREY DAVIS, So. WR/S (6-1, 170)
- ELIJAH INFANTE, So. RB/LB (5-8, 170)
Ben Tauber (Middlebury), Ian Britt (Wagner), Anthony Melody (Trinity), John Leschner (Colby), Christian Vitti (Uconn).
A new era is beginning for Kingswood Oxford football. The program has been able to hold its own in the Fairchester League. But now, with its new move to the Evergreen League, the Wyverns will look to turn heads.
As a predominantly young team over the last couple of years, experience will be the advantage this season.
“Experience will be our strength,” coach Jason Martinez said. “The past few years we have started some very young players on both sides of the ball. Those players are now upperclassmen. They have paid their dues and now they are ready to leave their mark on the program. We have had great energy at practice and our overall team speed is some of the best I have ever seen.”
The biggest loss the team suffered was the graduation of quarterback Ben Tauber. Tauber passed for 589 yards and seven touchdowns while rushing for 169 yards and five touchdowns in his senior campaign.
Junior Sam Capidice will look to fill the quarterback spot for the Wyverns. Last season he completed eight passes for 240 yards and two touchdowns as a backup.
Wide receiver Kyren Petteway returns for his senior year and will be a key part of Kingswood Oxford’s success.
“Petteway scored six touchdowns in a game last year,” Martinez said. “And he did it four different ways. He is one of the most explosive players in the state and has worked extremely hard this off-season. He had 1,200 all purpose yards and scored 12 touchdowns in only seven games”.
In total, the team will return 14 starters, seven on each side of the ball including three offensive lineman.
Ethan Miner will lead the lineman as the 6-foot-3, 283 pounder collected 31 total tackles while forcing and recovering a fumble last year.
Kingswood Oxford could have a break out season considering the amount of experience the team has and the league switch.
“What hurts today is tomorrow,” Martinez said. “We can never get too complacent. ‘Stay the Course and Embrace the Grind,’ is our motto. We have to check our egos and always stay humble until the work is completely done. We will, of course, celebrate small feats but we wont get ahead of ourselves until our work is completely finished.”
- Sept. 22 – CUSHING ACADEMY*, 2:00 p.m.
- Sept. 29 – KENTS HILL SCHOOL*, 2:00 p.m.
- Oct. 6 – at Hebron Academy*, 1:30 p.m.
- Oct. 13 – BERKSHIRE SCHOOL*, 3:00 p.m.
- Oct. 20 – at Dexter Southfield School*, 4:00 p.m.
- Oct. 27 – PINGREE SCHOOL*, TBD
- Nov. 3 – at Portsmouth Abbey*, 2:30 p.m.
- Nov. 10 – at Hyde School*, 12:00 p.m.
Home games in CAPS.